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  • Death of a Long-Gun Registry

    02/20/2012 6:04:27 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    NRO ^ | 20 feb 2012 | John Lott and Gary Mauser
    Despite spending a whopping $2.7 billion on creating and running a long-gun registry, Canadians never reaped any benefits from the project. The legislation to end the program finally passed the Parliament on Wednesday. Even though the country started registering long guns in 1998, the registry never solved a single murder. Instead it has been an enormous waste of police officers’ time, diverting their efforts from patrolling Canadian streets and doing traditional policing activities. Gun-control advocates have long claimed that registration is a safety issue, and their reasoning is straightforward: If a gun has been left at a crime scene and...
  • The bad news behind the January jobs report

    02/03/2012 8:42:35 AM PST · by richardb72 · 14 replies
    Fox ^ | February 3, 2012 | John Lott
    The number of unemployed Americans last month fell by 339,000, the fifth largest drop since January 2009. But there was an even much more shockingly large number -- almost 1.2 million additional Americans were classified in January as not being in the labor force (see figure here). Unfortunately, that has been the consistent story that has made this “recovery” unique as more and more Americans have just given up looking for work. This last number not only means that the official unemployment number is misleading, but it will also likely determine where the unemployment rate ultimately goes. Indeed, the Congressional...
  • President Obama's strange definition of fairness

    01/26/2012 8:10:59 PM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 26, 2012 | John R. Lott Jr.
    During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama pushed for higher tax rates on what he called “the wealthiest Americans.”  He declared: “Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes.” As usual, the president motivated the higher taxes with references to “fair play” and getting the wealthy to pay their “fair share” of taxes. “Fairness” was the codeword of the State of the Union address, not the chronic problem of lingering high unemployment, something the president never even mentioned. ...
  • Lessons to be learned from Europe's debt downgrades

    01/23/2012 3:02:39 PM PST · by richardb72 · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2012 | John Lott
    As we watch the Eurozone struggle with its financial challenges Keynesians keep telling us the solution to our economic problems is to spend more money, to pile up bigger debts. A week and a half ago, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the debt of more than half of the Eurozone's countries, and the failure of those policies should be very obvious by now. Solving the Greek debt crisis hit yet another snag on Sunday afternoon. New aid for Greece from the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank would have relied on private bondholders “voluntarily” agreeing to a 50...
  • President Obama's Anti-Gun Agenda Shows No Sign of Stopping

    12/29/2011 12:32:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 28, 2011 | John Lott
    President Obama keeps pushing for gun control. "I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control]. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar,” President Obama told Sarah Brady, the former president of the Brady Campaign, this past spring. His push as been quiet but relentless. Just this past week Obama signaled that he was going to just ignore two new parts of the 2012 Omnibus Spending bill. Although he signed the spending bill into law, he simultaneously issued a so-called "signing statement," a note that presidents have started attaching to legislation...
  • Op-Ed: What's Wrong With Making It Easier to Carry a Gun Across State Lines?

    11/23/2011 5:28:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 15 November, 2011 | John Lott
    Congress is expected to vote Tuesday on whether concealed carry gun licenses should be treated the same way we treat driver's licenses for cars. With 245 co-sponsors in the House, the only question is whether there are the 290 votes necessary to override President Obama's veto. For decades, treating licenses for guns like those for cars was something that gun control advocates wanted. In his 2000 presidential campaign, Al Gore promised: "We require a license to drive a car in this nation in order to keep unsafe drivers off the road. As president, I will fight for a national requirement...
  • Fast and Furious Scandal Cries Out for Answers

    12/10/2011 11:29:18 AM PST · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 09, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The "Fast & Furious" scandal is getting messier and messier. New e-mails finally released late this past Friday reveal that the Department of Justice personal viewed the then-secret operation as a way to push for more gun control laws. Despite administration promises to the contrary, whistleblowers have endured "isolation, retaliation and transfer." Meanwhile the operation's managers have done pretty well, some have even received promotions. Thursday Attorney General Eric Holder admitted that the operation was "wholly unacceptable," but he still offers absolutely no explanation to explain why the program was instituted. What's going on here? Let's see... - You have...
  • Media Silence Is Deafening About Important Gun News

    10/02/2011 6:48:38 PM PDT · by caper gal 1 · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sep. 30, 2011 | John Lott
    <p>Murder and violent crime rates were supposed to soar after the Supreme Court struck down gun control laws in Chicago and Washington, D.C.</p> <p>Politicians predicted disaster. "More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence," Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty warned the day the court made its decision.</p>
  • Media Silence Is Deafening About Important Gun News

    09/30/2011 2:24:07 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Murder and violent crime rates were supposed to soar after the Supreme Court struck down gun control laws in Chicago and Washington, D.C.  Politicians predicted disaster. "More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence," Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty warned the day the court made its decision.  Chicago’s Mayor Daley predicted that we would "go back to the Old West, you have a gun and I have a gun and we'll settle it in the streets . . . ."  The New York Times even editorialized this month about the Supreme Court's "unwise" decision that...
  • Has Your Job Been 'Saved'?

    09/20/2011 11:24:58 AM PDT · by JohnLott · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 20, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    During Obama's first two years in office, he passed five stimulus/jobs bills. If you add up the promises, he boldly promised something well over 5.5 million jobs "created or saved." But reality turned out very differently: there are now 2 million fewer people working than when the first Stimulus passed. On top of that, the number of jobs should have increased as the country’s population has grown by almost 5 million. Population growth by itself should have generated more than 3 million new jobs. President Obama claims that instead of our economy being short of over 5 million jobs, things...
  • Obama Gets the Numbers Wrong In His Tax Plan! (Nothing new! Obama always gets the numbers wrong)

    09/19/2011 2:34:35 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 9/19/2011 | By John Lott
    The justification for President Obama's new proposed tax on the wealthy is wrong on the numbers. Despite the president's claims, millionaires don't pay lower tax rates than middle class workers. His proposed surcharge on capital gains and dividend taxes will raise already high tax rates on high income individuals and force even more investment outside the United States. The so-called "Buffett rule" is based on Warren Buffett's claim: "The 400 of us [here] pay a lower part of our income in taxes than our receptionists do, or our cleaning ladies, for that matter. If you’re in the luckiest 1 per...
  • Obama Gets the Numbers Wrong In His Tax Plan

    09/19/2011 9:55:28 AM PDT · by JohnLott · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 19, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The justification for President Obama's new proposed tax on the wealthy is wrong on the numbers. Despite the president's claims, millionaires don't pay lower tax rates than middle class workers. His proposed surcharge on capital gains and dividend taxes will raise already high tax rates on high income individuals and force even more investment outside the United States. The so-called "Buffett rule" is based on Warren Buffett's claim: "The 400 of us [here] pay a lower part of our income in taxes than our receptionists do, or our cleaning ladies, for that matter. If you’re in the luckiest 1 per...
  • Liberals and the Texas Unemployment Miracle

    08/22/2011 4:53:28 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 19, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    With Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry officially entering the presidential race last week, liberals have started attacking Texas' economic record. Paul Krugman in the New York Times went first last Sunday. "So what you need to know is that the Texas miracle is a myth, and more broadly that Texan experience offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment," Krugman claimed. With the latest Gallup poll showing that just 26 percent of Americans approve of President Obama's performance on the economy, liberals have little choice but to try to distort what is happening in Texas. Krugman: "In...
  • The Texas Miracle Is No Myth

    08/19/2011 6:58:33 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 19, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Just hours after Rick Perry officially entered the presidential race last Saturday, liberals started to attack Texas’s economic record. Paul Krugman got the ball rolling in Sunday’s New York Times: “So what you need to know,” Krugman claimed, “is that the Texas miracle is a myth, and more broadly that Texan experience offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment.” With the latest Gallup poll showing that just 26 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s performance on the economy, liberals have little choice but to try to distort what is happening in Texas. To do so,...
  • How the Academic Left Engages in Debate: Inside an ugly attack on a renowned criminologist

    08/16/2011 9:21:04 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | August 16, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Academic debates occasionally get pretty ugly, and that is just the way it is. Sometimes they get very ugly. There is one case that has bothered me for several years. James Q. Wilson is now 80 years old, and for decades he has been the most prominent criminologist in the country, responsible for a number of important ideas, such as the Broken Windows theory, which argues that urban disorder and vandalism produce additional crime. Undoubtedly, Wilson has made a number of enemies, as he has taken positions that upset some on the left. One such issue was Wilson’s involvement with...
  • Looks Like We're In a Recession, Not a 'Recovery'

    08/05/2011 9:43:18 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 5, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    There seems no place to hide. Americans have seen the value of their stock portfolios crash this week. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ have both lost about 8 percent of their values, and they are headed down again today. This week the Japanese NIKKEI stock market also lost over 9 percent of its value. And the UK's FTSE has lost over 11 percent. The German DAX about 13 percent. So much for promises that if we only passed the debt ceiling increase the stock markets would be calmed. Everyone was waiting for today's unemployment numbers to be released. The 117,000...
  • The Debt Deal's Three Biggest Winners and Losers

    08/02/2011 10:14:03 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 23 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | August 02 2011 | JOHN LOTT
    Unfortunately, the new agreement does not accomplish as much as many had hoped, or as much as it should have, in terms of curbing spending and continued deficits. This explains why stock markets continued to fall despite the supposedly "good" news. The reason is because, once again, politicians are continuing to push the problem to the future. The Winners: 1. Stimulus Recipients and Big Government: 2. Deficit Spending: 3. Score a Victory for Scare Tactics: The Losers: 1. Our Bond Rating: 2. The Tea Party: 3. The Economy: John R. Lott, Jr. is a FoxNews.com contributor. He is an economist...
  • The Debt Deal's Three Biggest Winners and Losers

    08/02/2011 11:11:19 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 2, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    With a debt ceiling agreement finally in place and the Senate on track to approve it today congratulations are being handed out all around.  Armageddon and catastrophe has supposedly been averted. And politicians are rushing to put the best face on the deal.  Unfortunately, the new agreement does not accomplish as much as many had hoped, or as much as it should have, in terms of curbing spending and continued deficits. This explains why stock markets continued to fall despite the supposedly "good" news. The reason is because, once again, politicians are continuing to push the problem to the future. ...
  • Did gun control fail Norway?

    07/26/2011 8:39:45 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 36 replies
    Sun News ^ | July 26, 2011 | Ezra Levant and John Lott
    Sun News' Ezra Levant and John Lott discuss the horrible multiple victim public shooting in Norway.
  • Congress Can Learn From 1995-96 Debt-Ceiling Debate

    07/26/2011 7:57:07 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 26, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Failure to raise the Federal debt ceiling limit could "roil the financial markets and cause severe economic problems," "cause profound damage to our country," and have “dire consequences.” So wrote the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and New York Times. But the year was 1995, not 2011. Other ills predicted during that contentious debate were rising unemployment, reduced GDP growth, and soaring interest rates. That was at a time when President Clinton and Democrats were fighting off attempts by Republicans to link cutting the deficit to the increase in the debt ceiling and a continuing resolution on spending. Then as...
  • Myths About Debt Ceiling ‘Disaster’

    07/18/2011 10:42:55 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 18, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Is there an overload of doomsday predictions?
  • Seven Myths About the Looming Debt-Ceiling 'Disaster'

    07/15/2011 9:33:33 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 15, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    If Congress and the president don't raise the debt ceiling, the consequences will be disastrous, politicians and pundits tell us, -- the equivalent of an economic Armageddon. And President Obama warns that the consequences are so dire that he cannot possibly tolerate any delay in making an agreement. He announced yesterday that any debt deal must be completed by today, July 15th. According to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, failure to raise the debt ceiling limit will cause the United States to default and "cause a financial crisis potentially more severe than the crisis from which we are only now...
  • Canada's cold proof: Job growth without 'stimulus'

    07/08/2011 2:40:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 8, 2011 | John R. Lott
    President Obama insists that our sluggish recovery would've been even worse without his $830 billion "stimulus." Last Friday, the White House released a report purportedly showing that passage of the "stimulus" created up to 3.6 million jobs (even though the economy actually lost 1.8 million jobs since then). But if Obama's program -- including a 28 percent hike in spending since 2008 and more than $4 trillion in deficits -- worked so well, why has our unemployment rate risen more since those policies were adopted than have the rates of the European Union, South America, Japan, Australia or New Zealand?...
  • The Puzzle of 'Operation Fast and Furious' When Will Team Obama Come Clean?

    07/08/2011 9:54:34 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 38 replies · 1+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | July 08, 2011 | John Lott
    The Puzzle of 'Operation Fast and Furious' When Will Team Obama Come Clean About Failed Gun Program? There are two puzzles in the so-called “Gunwalker” or “Operation Fast and Furious” case. This is the shocking case where Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents ordered American gun dealers to sell guns to obvious Mexican drug gangs over the objections of the gun dealers. Here are just some of the questions that the Obama administration still has not answered: 1. Why would the government go through with the policy when it was seemingly obvious to everyone that there was...
  • Greece Needs to Pay Off Debts While It Still Has a Chance

    06/22/2011 8:55:01 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 22, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Tuesday night the Greek government survived a no confidence vote, with relative ease, thus allowing the Greek government to go forward negotiating a new bailout. The government faces a vote over "new austerity" measures, but there is no more reason to believe that Greece will keep its promises to sell assets and cut spending this time than it has over the past year. Last year's mammoth €110 billion ($157 billion) European Union and International Monetary Fund bailout was supposed to cover Greece's financial problems for three years. But just one year later Greece is seeking another €100 billion. The G-7...
  • Even Bernanke Can't Deny That Obama's "Recovery" Is Bad

    06/07/2011 1:58:20 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 7, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke couldn't deny the obvious in his speech Tuesday in Atlanta. The economy is bad, with Obama’s “recovery” is setting records for being anemic and the unemployment stuck above 9 percent. Almost 5 million Americans have completely given up looking for work and left the labor force since the "recovery" that started in June 2009. GDP growth the seven quarters into the Obama recovery has averaged an annual rate of only 2.8 percent, a fraction of the 4.6 percent average growth during recoveries since 1970. And this recovery would have been even worse if the Federal...
  • Who Has the Best Plans to Rescue America from the Budget Crisis?

    05/28/2011 9:59:46 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Who has the best plans to fight the budget crisis? Well, it seem that the Democrats do not even have a plan, or perhaps they secretly have one but are embarrassed to release it. Either way, Democrats are stubbornly refusing to release any budget plan. Instead, they just complain about the two that have been presented so far. Thus when the Senate voted on budget plans this week, Senators considered two options but neither one received a single yes-vote from a Democrat. One proposal, the House Republican budget, the so-called "Ryan plan," was attacked by Democrats as "draconian” or “unconscionable."...
  • Team Obama's Debt Limit Scare Tactics Are Getting Old -- Fast

    05/19/2011 2:18:20 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Wasn't the world supposed to end on Monday? No, I'm not talking about May 21. But on Monday, the U.S. government officially hit its debt limit, but where are disasters that the Obama administration have been predicting for months? We were warned that hitting the debt limit would be "deeply irresponsible" or “insanity” or “abrupt contraction would likely push us into a double dip recession.” But Americans woke up today to find nothing really changed from last week. The Obama administration’s scare tactics are getting old. Unfortunately, they keep on getting away with this and aren’t held accountable when their...
  • Where Are the Jobs, Mr. President? The Jobless Obama Recovery Continues

    05/09/2011 1:48:33 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 9, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    There has been no recovery in the job market during the Obama recovery. Despite all the cheerleading by the Obama administration and the media, job creation has been horribly sluggish. The jobs created recently are noteworthy only in comparison to the lack of jobs created during the rest of the “recovery.” In contrast to other recoveries over at least the last half century, job creation has never been more anemic. When the new employment numbers came out on Friday, Austan Goolsbee, the head of the President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors, boasted about "the solid pace of employment growth in...
  • In Defense of Greedy Oil Companies and Speculators

    05/04/2011 3:30:10 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 4, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The price for regular gas is hitting $4 a gallon this week, and Americans want to know who is to blame? that's easy, it's greedy oil companies and speculators, that is if we are to believe President Obama’s anti-business rhetoric over the last couple weeks. In fact, he has already a Department of Justice investigation into "manipulation in the oil markets that might affect gas prices, including any illegal activity by traders and speculators." Even high-ranking Republicans might go along with the investigation. Last week, House Speaker John Boehner discussed possibly accepting the President’s proposed tax hikes on oil companies...
  • You Call This a Recovery? Obama Offers More Excuses Than Solutions

    04/29/2011 10:12:58 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 29, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Call it the "excuses recovery." President Obama and his administration have been warning for the last week that the just announced first quarter GDP growth rate of 1.8 percent would be weak, and they have been quick to blame it on the recent spike prices in oil. The problem is that this whole recovery has been anemic, not just one or two slow quarters of economic growth. Seven quarters into the Obama recovery, GDP growth has averaged an annual rate of only 2.8 percent. In contrast, since 1970, the first seven quarters of previous recoveries averaged 4.6 percent. The poor...
  • Don't Single Out Standard & Poor's for Being 'Political'

    04/19/2011 11:00:41 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    If you think it's hard now to balance the budget, just wait until our credit rating gets trashed. Monday’s warning from the Standard & Poor’s rating agency -- that the U.S. government’s credit rating could be revised downward -- produced a firestorm in Washington. Republicans called it a "wake-up call," while the Obama administration's chief economist, Austan Goolsbee, lambasted Standard & Poor’s actions as purely "political." Credit ratings aren’t just a matter of national pride. Less dependable, risky borrowers have to pay a higher interest rate to get people to buy their bonds. Right now the our government only has...
  • Obama Lacks Credibility as a Leader on Spending Cuts

    04/11/2011 10:00:28 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | April 11, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Is President Obama really the Deficit-Cutter-in-Chief? After so obviously racking up massive deficits through his various stimulus programs, President Obama is now trying to portray himself as a leader in the effort to solve this problem. Time after time on yesterday’s Sunday morning talk shows, White House senior adviser David Plouffe said that Obama’s 2012 budget already proposes to reduce the deficits over the next decade by $1 trillion. Surprisingly, not a single host challenged him on his math. Plouffe asserted: “Well, first, on the 2012 budget, that would be $1 trillion of deficit reduction over the next decade and...
  • Paul Ryan Is Right About the Budget -- Americans Cannot Afford Another Decade of Massive Spending

    04/05/2011 10:22:00 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 5, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The deficit is a spending problem. That's the simple truth. If federal government spending after President Clinton's last budget had simply grown fast enough to keep up with inflation and the growth in population, the 2012 budget would be running over a $70 billion surplus. Instead, federal expenditures more than doubled from $1.86 to $3.82 trillion in the ten years from 2001 to 2011, causing this year’s enormous $1.65 trillion deficit. During President Obama's first three years in office the government's deficits are adding up to over $4.3 trillion. And there is no let up in sight. The Congressional Budget...
  • The Folly of Public Campaign Funding

    03/28/2011 2:08:05 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 1 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 28, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Should political candidates get their campaign costs covered by the government? What if a candidate chooses not to take taxpayer money? And should taxpayers give more money to his opponent if a candidate raises more money for his campaign? Those are the questions that the Supreme Court is discussing today as they hear oral arguments in McComish v. Bennett, a case challenging Arizona’s taxpayer-funding for political campaigns. Supporters claim that such public financing encourages political debate. They contend that giving everyone the same amount of money ensures all points of view will be heard. The argument seems simple enough, but...
  • What's Really Behind Obama's New Push for Gun Control?

    03/24/2011 2:43:07 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Despite the Libyan crisis and ongoing problems with America's massive deficit, last week President Obama decided it was time to focus on gun control. He wrote an op-ed, challenged the NRA to negotiate new gun control regulations, and met with gun control groups. Of course, Obama's op-ed says he supports gun rights. Yet, he also emphasizes that he doesn't want people to "shout at one another" and supports "reasonable laws." Alas, this is simply positioning for the 2012 presidential election and does not accurately describe his true agenda on gun control. Obama claimed in his op-ed: “My administration has not...
  • Why Unions Are Harmful to Workers

    03/17/2011 5:19:53 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 17, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has finally won his first battle with public employee unions. But the fight against excessive union rights now moves to Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Tennessee. Of course, union leaders are upset, with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently telling PBS’s "News Hour": “This is about [Gov. Scott Walker] trying to take away the rights of workers to come together to bargain . . . .” But in fact, Governor Walker’s budget will help the vast majority of workers in the state. Mr. Trumka naturally wants to make it appear that he is fighting for...
  • The Truth About Obama and Budget Cuts

    03/10/2011 1:09:12 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mar 9, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
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  • Should Bans Against Carrying Concealed Weapons Be Lifted On College Campuses?

    03/09/2011 12:58:43 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 9, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Should permitted faculty and students have the right to carry a concealed handgun on college campuses? Right now once someone qualifies for a permit they can carry a concealed handgun with them virtually anywhere in a state except for a few designated gun-free zones. Prominent among those "protected" areas are universities and schools. Yet, twelve states, including two large ones, Texas and Florida, are currentlly engaged in the debate over whether to end these bans. Florida and Idaho have legislative hearings scheduled for Wednesday. The Idaho House should be voting on the bill by the end of the week. Legislative...
  • The Truth About Obama, Democrats and Budget Cuts

    03/08/2011 8:54:22 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 8, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    With major budget votes set for Tuesday, Senate Democrats spent the weekend dismissing House Republicans' plans to cut the budget as “ideological, extremist, reckless." President Obama advocated “a government that lives within its means,” but he also charged “there’s nothing responsible about the Republican budget cuts. Following the same script, news headlines described the House Republicans cuts as "dramatic" and "outrageous." The magnitude of this year’s deficit might be hard for many to appreciate. But the monthly budget deficit for February of $223 billion is larger than the $160.7 billion deficit for all of 2007, the last time we had...
  • Illinois Gun Info Plan Is Misguided and Dangerous

    03/03/2011 7:42:17 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Suppose you or your family are being stalked by a criminal who intends to harm you. Would you feel safer putting a sign in front of your home saying "This home is a gun-free zone"? Would it frighten criminals away? Most people understand that guns deter criminals. But, despite strong opposition from the Illinois State Police, Democrat Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan seems determined to publicly identify gun and non-gun owners across the state. For some unknown reason, The Associated Press made a Freedom of Information Act request to the police. One would think that people in Illinois of all...
  • GAO Report and Government Waste -- Can You Spell O-U-T-R-A-G-E?

    03/01/2011 12:27:25 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 01, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    We are used to hearing about fraud and government programs that fail to accomplish their goals. It now appears that yet another category might be important: duplication. Hundreds of major government programs have been discovered to duplicate what other government programs are doing. If we are to believe a new Government Accountability Office report, consolidation of programs could easily save up to $200 billion over the next decade. Call it "press release government." For politicians, the best way to be seen as being actively involved and to viewed as caring about a problem is to set up a new government...
  • So How Much Do Public Union Workers Really Make?

    03/01/2011 11:10:52 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 83 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 01, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    President Obama lashed out at Republicans Monday for having "denigrated or vilified" public union employees. Without collective bargaining and the ability to go on strike, he said we wouldn't be able to attract "the best and the brightest to public service." Are public employees simply the best and the brightest? Or are we simply lavishing them with much better employment deals than their private counterparts? To measure how attractive a job is, economists study how employees vote with their feet -- that is, comparing the rate at which different categories of employees voluntarily quit their jobs. Over the last six...
  • "Gun Law Behind The News"

    02/23/2011 8:41:23 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 1 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | February 19. 2011 | John R. Lott Jr. and Malia Zimmerman
    Interview with Malia Zimmerman on the topic of More Guns, Less Crime.
  • The Stimulus, Not Oil Prices, Is Hammering Consumers

    02/23/2011 8:14:31 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 23, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    .S. crude oil prices soared by 8.5 percent Tuesday, stunning financial markets. The financial media fretted that the oil price shock from the Middle East turmoil would slow or stop the fragile economic recovery. Crude oil prices soared even though gas prices at the pump are already the highest in any February since 1990. The reaction was swift, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling more than 178 points (1.4 percent) and NASDAQ and S&P 500 both also falling by more than 2 percent. This morning, with Libya teetering on the brink of civil war, gas prices continued rising. While...
  • Is the President Clueless about how the Economy Works?

    02/08/2011 11:52:39 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 77 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 08, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The link here will take you to a discussion of the Obama Administration’s effort to create jobs in the United States.
  • Another Mistake in The New York Times

    02/05/2011 9:49:18 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 5, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Since the tragedy in Tucson, the New York Times has started an all-out campaign for gun control, with a relentless number of pieces -- news, editorials, and op-eds. In its advocacy, even the news stories are heavily biased by selectively quoting only academics who support pro-gun control positions. These seemingly unbiased sources are then contrasted with opposing views from clearly biased people on the other side, such as an NRA spokesman or a right-wing politician. The implied conclusion: scientific evidence favors gun control, but self-interest stands in the way. Take two recent news stories by Michael Luo (here and here)....
  • Mayor Bloomberg's Arizona Gun Show P.R. Stunt

    02/02/2011 5:07:48 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 02, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    New York City's murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault rates rose last year according to preliminary FBI data, with murders alone increasing by more than 12 percent. But instead of concentrating on crime in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg just spent $100,000 of the NYPD's budget sending police to Arizona to buy guns at a gun show. The "sting" was a waste of money that misleads Americans and did nothing to reduce crime. Talk about an aggressive publicity stunt. Arizona officials had not been informed of the operation, which meant that any potential crimes uncovered by the New York City...
  • My Scary Encounter With Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley

    02/01/2011 12:48:37 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 01, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Chicago-style politics is infamous for kickbacks, dead people voting, and thuggery. Alas, it is not just a relic of the past. In fact, witness recent stories of Chicago city workers being hired or promoted based on how well they got voters to the polls and not how well they did their official jobs, children getting admitted to prestigious city schools based on political connections, and the granting of city contracts. Unfortunately, I know first hand more than I would like about Chicago politics. A decade ago, I was working at the University of Chicago Law School as an Olin Fellow,...
  • Second Amendment Activist Nikki Goeser and Author John Lott

    01/31/2011 8:49:13 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 1 replies
    NRA News ^ | January 31, 2011 | Nikki Goeser and John Lott
    The video of the discussion with Nikki Goeser and John Lott is available at the link.